Wikipidia Not a Source of Credible Information Essay

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Is Wikipedia a credible source of information? From learning experience I was involved in a project where I had to research parent and subsidiary information for corporate entities and document my findings. After the research results were documented I had to create records for every subsidiary entity that rolled up to the ultimate parent company. A research list was provided for the research efforts and list noted was that the Wikipedia website was only to be utilized as a reference point as the data was not credible. Wikipedia was a source to obtain preliminary data and as a cross reference tool as some of the information was either contradictory or not available. Some of the required information required entity's complete name, …show more content…
'The reliability of Wikipedia (primarily of the English-language edition), compared to other encyclopedias and more specialized sources, is assessed in many ways, including statistically, through comparative review, analysis of the historical patterns, and strengths and weaknesses inherent in the editing process unique to Wikipedia.[1]
Several studies have been done to assess the reliability of Wikipedia. A notable early study in the journal Nature said that in 2005, Wikipedia scientific articles came close to the level of accuracy in Encyclopædia Britannica and had a similar rate of "serious errors".[2] The study by Nature was disputed by Encyclopædia Britannica,[3] and later Nature responded to this refutation with both a formal response and a point-by-point rebuttal of Britannica's main objections.[4] Between 2008 and 2010, articles in medical and scientific fields such as pathology,[5]toxicology,[6]oncology[7] and pharmaceuticals[8] comparing Wikipedia to professional and peer-reviewed sources found that Wikipedia's depth and coverage were of a high standard. Concerns regarding readability were raised in a study published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.[9] However, omissions sometimes remained an issue, at times due to public relations removal of adverse product information.[citation needed]
Wikipedia is open to anonymous and collaborative editing, so assessments of its reliability

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